Showtime & HBO Teaming For Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV Fight In May

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Boxing fans — and maybe even casual sports fans — have been waiting years for Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao to face off in the ring. Now the fight that’s likely to obliterate all revenue records is happening, and archrival premium cablers HBO and Showtime are teaming up on the May 2 PPV telecast. That’s because Mayweather has an exclusive six-fight deal with Showtime and Pacquiao has a contract with HBO. This will mark only the second time the premium nets have worked together on a PPV bout. The other was in 2002 when then-heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis, who had an exclusive deal with HBO, knocked out ex-champ Mike Tyson, who was with Showtime.

Manny Pacquiao croppedFloyd Mayweather Jr cropWhile Mayweather and Pacquiao circled each other in recent weeks, HBO and Showtime have been in talks about how to make it work on PPV. Reports say the fight could cost a record $89.95 to…

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